re·​quire | \ ri-ˈkwī(-ə)r How to pronounce require (audio) \
required; requiring

Definition of require

transitive verb

1a : to claim or ask for by right and authority
b archaic : request
2a : to call for as suitable or appropriate the occasion requires formal dress
b : to demand as necessary or essential : have a compelling need for all living beings require food
3 : to impose a compulsion or command on : compel
4 chiefly British : to feel or be obliged used with a following infinitiveone does not require to be a specialist— Elizabeth Bowen

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demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands. demanded payment of the debt claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right. claimed the right to manage his own affairs require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation. the patient requires constant attention exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands. exacts absolute loyalty

Examples of require in a Sentence

the toy requires four batteries, which are not included
Recent Examples on the Web Capturing something so minuscule requires taking a picture with extremely high resolution. Adam Glanzman, Smithsonian, "Meet the Global Team That Captured the First Image of a Black Hole," 19 Nov. 2019 The deal requires shareholder approvals and is scheduled to close by October 2020. Pavel Alpeyev, Fortune, "How SoftBank Plans to Create an Internet Giant to Take on Google (at Least in Japan)," 18 Nov. 2019 The city’s law department required a $440 deposit to begin processing the request. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "City of Detroit sits on records request for Make Your Date emails for 6 months," 18 Nov. 2019 As of 2018, 40 states required some level of prior authorization for the addiction treatment drug buprenorphine. Lev Facher, STAT, "A new bill would let more doctors prescribe addiction treatments without waiting for insurers’ permission," 18 Nov. 2019 Artificial intelligence systems require large amounts of data to learn to distinguish images. Olivia Solon, NBC News, "Inside Facebook's efforts to stop revenge porn before it spreads," 18 Nov. 2019 Smejkal required her teachers to host multiple parent-teacher conferences in the first semester and participate in the daily drop-off and pick-up, greeting parents and family members. Ashley Mcbride,, "More high-poverty schools in San Antonio win ‘gold ribbons’," 17 Nov. 2019 Others require workers to enroll in a plan and possibly foot some or most of the bill. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "During open enrollment, be sure to look at these lesser-known 'lifesaver' benefits," 17 Nov. 2019 Killing enemies requires timing and every combat encounter felt like a dual. Matthew Gault, Time, "‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Is the First Great Star Wars Video Game in a Decade," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of require

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for require

Middle English requeren, from Anglo-French requere, from Vulgar Latin *requaerere to seek for, need, require, alteration of Latin requirere, from re- + quaerere to seek, ask

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21 Nov 2019

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“Require.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce require (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of require

: to need (something)
: to make it necessary for someone to do something


re·​quire | \ ri-ˈkwīr How to pronounce require (audio) \
required; requiring

Kids Definition of require

1 : to have a need for This trick requires skill.
2 : order entry 1 sense 2, command The law requires drivers to wear seat belts.

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